Minorities Festival presents international films – Journal


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KARACHI: The three-day Aks Pakistan International Minority Festival kicked off Friday at T2F with the screening of films on topics as diverse as AIDS and forbidden love.

The event began with a documentary film titled Ximei directed by Andy Cohen. It focuses on a Chinese AIDS activist, a peasant woman named Liu Ximei. She has a heart of gold and is there to help and fight for her fellow AIDS patients who contracted the disease from a blood transfusion in the 1990s. (In the 1990s a large number of farmers were “encouraged” by the authorities to sell blood; unfortunately it is said and as was mentioned in the description provided by the festival organizers, many of them became infected with HIV from equipment unhygienic medical.)

In pursuit of her goal and becoming the voice of victims of the debilitating disease, she begins to face multiple challenges. With the support of a group that gets along with her, Ximei manages to lend a hand to those who are discriminated against. The 2019 American company has won a few awards, including the Golden Butterfly Award at the Movies That Matter Festival.

Other elements of the festival included a documentary on a boxer Hazara by Safar Ali Danish and the Karachi premiere of Gulzar, a 30-minute film by acclaimed TV playwright Fasih Bari Khan. Described as a story exploring the layers of self-discovery, it focuses on the people living in the red light zone.

The venue also hosted a simultaneous art exhibition titled Ay Jazba-i-Dil curated by Rumaisa in which the works of artists Aqsa Waheed, Fahad Ubaid, Zaheer Mirza and Sumayyah Aidrus were exhibited.

Earlier, the program host informed the audience that the festival aims to highlight the issues faced by sexual and religious minorities.

Posted in Dawn, December 26, 2021

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Darcy J. Skinner